Preetsimarjit Kaur

My name is Preetsimarjit Kaur and I will be graduating from the Academy of American Studies in Queens this June as a part of the class of 2017. I will be attending NYU next year and will be studying nursing there. As a part of SMRI last year, I worked alongside my wonderful mentor, Elizabeth Balough, on studying the behavior and cholinergic inputs to the brain in mice. We discovered that as the mice got used to the novel environment, their cholingeric inputs to the hippocampus increased, meaning that they were most likely making memories of the new environment. We also discovered that the mice became less anxious the longer they spent in the new environment as they started to poop less and started to groom and explore the environment more. This study was very interesting to me as there are many diseases such as Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia where people have trouble making memories and lose past memories, and analyzing the behavior and inputs in mice can help lead to explanations of this memory trouble. Overall, working with my mentor, Elizabeth, on this topic was a wonderful learning experiment.